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Helena Obermüller-Wilén is the leading expert in classic Swedish philately until 1920 and a member of AIEP since 1996. Between 2004 and 2012, she was secretary of the FIP Commission for the “Fight against Forgeries". Her work to document forgeries has been extensive and especially interesting is her registration of the so-called "Steinberg Covers".

The "Steinberg Covers" came to Sweden in the early 1970s with whom we think was the international forger Robert Steinberg. The man in Sweden who called himself Mr. Steinberg sold a lot of Swedish covers, many in very fine or exceptional quality. Many of these covers received certificates as the forgeries were expertly made.

Helena Obermüller-Wilén, together with the Expert Committee of the Swedish Philatelic Federation, have until today documented 207 of these forged covers and the work continues. In the book "The Steinberg Covers", published by Postiljonen with Jonas Hällström as editor, these 207 covers are described and in most cases illustrated. The aim is to broaden the knowledge of these covers both in Sweden and internationally.

The price for "The Steinberg Covers" book is SEK 300 + postage

The book can be ordered here.

Steinberg Covers
Steinberg Covers

Austria Post: certainly not caught with its pants down

In 2004, Austria Post presented something real different: postage stamps that were embellished with real Swarovski crystals, a world premiere. And now there is a sequel to the cooperation between the internationally renowned company Swarovski (producer of high quality crystals in the Tyrolean town of Wattens) and Austria Post. On 24 September of this year the latter issued a special ‘Lederhosen’ stamp (nominal value: 6.30 Euros) made of Alcantara leather (an artificial suede) and adorned with Swarovski crystals. The stamp was issued 24 September of this year, has a circulation of 150,000 copies and was designed and printed by D. Swarovski KG in Wattens (Tyrol). The printing is described by Austria Post as ‘Laser-cut Alcantara, adorned with XILION Flatbacks in Golden Shadow’.

Source: AIJP News

Rare Chinese invert yields 149.500 US$

Last month, Cherrystone held one of its auctions of Rare Stamps and Postal History of the World. Some exceptional Chinese rarities came under the gavel, the most impressive perhaps a 1923 stamp surcharged in red on the first Peking printing: 2 Cts on 3c blue-green, with the surcharge inverted.
The error is a fine example of a very rare variety; it has a deep bright colour with centring to the bottom (which is characteristic for this issue) and came from position 19 of the complete sheet. The invert still has its full original gum, be it that it is partially dried and streaky. The variety has been examined by Holcombe in 1996, who delivered a certificate stating that the stamp is ‘a very rare variety of which under 20 copies are recorded to date’.
The scarcity of the stamp was reflected during the auction, where it fetched no less than 149.500 US$.

Source: AIJP News

NVPH (NL) presents its 75th Specialised Catalogue

On 28 September 2015 the seventy-fifth edition of the specialized catalogue of the postage stamps of the Netherlands and its overseas territories, published by the national stamp dealers’ organisation NVPH, was presented. This happened at the Museum for Communication in The Hague. The catalogue will be on sale from 14 October, together with a free, separately bound copy of the Dutch Plate Flaws Catalogue (2nd edition). As always, the new catalogue contains some one-off chapters, this time dedicated to the so-called kleinrondstempels (a certain type of hand stamps) and the ‘kinderbedankkaarten’ (‘thank-you’ cards for volunteers selling surcharged children’s stamps). The hardback catalogue contains nearly a thousand pages and costs 33.90 euros (Netherlands).

Picture: Rob Smit, chairman of the catalogue committee of the NVPH, presents the new catalogue (photo: René Hillesum).

Source: AIJP News

Spectacular philatelic discovery in Germany

For more than 100 years, philatelists collecting Germany have been looking for it: the ‘Germania’ stamp of 2 Mark with a quatrefoil watermark (Michel Number 152Y). The said watermark is relatively common for a ‘Germania’ stamp with a face value of 1 1/4 Mark, but things are different for a stamp of 2 Mark: so far only three used copies with a quatrefoil watermark have been discovered. In the Germany catalogue of Michel a used copy of a 152Y stamp is valued at an impressive 50.000 euros. Anyone looking for a notation for a unused never hinged 152Y will do so in vain; no price is given by Michel.
It was therefore a true stroke of luck that a collector specialised in German philately, living in North Rhine-Westphalia, browsed his collection and found exactly this stamp. The stamp had been slumbering for many years in one of his albums. Experts have examined it, declared it genuine and authentic and have attested its uniqueness.
The auction house AIX-PHILA in Aachen will have the honour of bringing this rarity under the gavel. It will certainly adorn the title page of the 57th auction, that will be held in November 2015. The starting price is rather modest: 20.000 euros.

Source: AIJP News